Thursday, April 13, 2017

Lee Harvey Osmond

Shootdang
John Underwood

8 p.m.
$12 in advance, $15 day of show
21 and over

About Lee Harvey Osmond

Allow us to draw attention to the new slab by the eminent and hirsute Steeltown reprobate, Lee Harvey Osmond , aka Tom Wilson aka one of three Rodeo Kings, aka that large, melodic growling man from the former Junkhouse.

Beautiful Scars is the third solo album from Tom Wilson’s Lee Harvey Osmond and follows two albums, A Quiet Evil and The Folk Sinner which were previously longlisted for the Polaris Prize and nominated for a Juno . In addition to releasing another album, Tom Wilson has recently signed a deal with Random House for the publishing of his first book. Lee Harvey Osmond heads for Canada’s West Coast for a string of dates with Colin James beginning on March 24.

Produced by Michael Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) in the intimacy of his Toronto Ronce svalle studio, the humanity of the album is like the warmth of blood that rushes to the cut: a sudden alive jolt in the middle of peril and uncertainty; a suspension of possibility that anything can happen next. Redolent with swooning horns and guitars tha t bob and weave, Lee Harvey Osmond’s voice -­? forever the hallmark of his sound which spans over three decades of work -­? sounds, here, like a warm hand to the forehead, an arm on the arm of the stricken, a comforting growl at the heart of a screaming world. At once evoking Howlin’ Wolf, Mike Scott and Roy Loney , Beautiful Scars bends and twists and stretches and squeezes Lee Harvey Osmond’s deep baritone -­? the producer treating it as if caged in a transistor radio, bathed in echo from above, or sunk in the muck of distortion.

The strength of the songs notwithstanding, Beautiful Scars is a fascinating vocal journey to rank among the great sonic Canadian records of our time. Through the truncheon swing of “Loser For Your Love” to the haunting balladry of “Come And Go” to the morose beauty of “How Does It Feel” to the exotic fusio n of the album’s penultimate track, “Black Spruce,” Beautiful Scars journeys between the quiet, smouldering, raging, moving, and sad. Lyrically, Lee Harvey Osmond reflects on the mistakes of the singer’s past with the resigned perspective of someone coming through the other side.

A song like “Hey, Hey, Hey”, featuring a thrilling slide guitar piece by Aaron Goldstein (Elliot BROOD, City And Colour, Cowboy Junkies) describes two lovers caught in the throes of personal despair, their “dreams turned to rust, ” their lives waiting until “the morning comes and sweeps us both away.” Lee Harvey Osmond sings: “The world is fucked up. And so are you and I.” It defines an album, and a songwriter, bereft of any choices other than to keep moving for fear of sinking int o the mire of a dark past.

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About Shootdang

Shootdang

Shootdang is a Portland based Country/Folk duo born from the joint talents of Erin Wolf and Pitch Goose. Both Erin and Pitch cut their teeth busking on the streets of their hometowns and in the many various towns they've encountered along their travels.

Erin and Pitch have been playing music together since the winter of 2011 and as Shootdang since the winter of 2012.

Their versatility makes it possilbe for them to play in a variety of settings from roudy house shows and dive bars to coffee shops and weddings.

Though they have only one recording so far (debut release "It's A Goddamned Demo") they look forward to playing more shows,touring in their van and recording again in 2015.